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JOAN A. KENNICOTT, CORRESPONDING SECRETARY, IN CHARGE.
VOLUME I. 1853-54.
The first volume of “The Transactions of the linois Staic Agricultural Society,” is respectfully submitted to ihe people of the state. I believe that it will be found highly interesting to farmers, mechanics and fruit growers, and well worthy of the no ice of readers generally. At the close of the volume will be found catalogues of animals observed in the extreme southern and Dorthern portions, as a first contribution to the natural history of the Sinte. The speeches, letters, reports of committees, de, scattered through the volume, will be found full of in crest; and the original essays, towards the close, are of the most valuable and reliable character--worth much more, alone, than the entre cost of the volume to the people of the state.
And yet the book is not all the executive committee of the state society proposed to make ii, nor quite equal to the desires and intentions of the editor in charge. With three exceptions, all the essuys were procured by the present correspowing secretary, between the middle of October and last of December, 1851, and sulmitiel to the general assembly, ai tlie opening of the session of 18.1). The reports of county sociees, or the matter from which the notices were made up, was mostly collected by Bronson Murray, the former corresponding secretary, and prepared and wranged for the printers, by my friend, W. F. M. Ary--to whom I am al:o indebted for the copious iudex at the close of the volume.
I may observe, too, that a delay of three weeks, waiting for a surply of printing paper, has compelied the closing of the work, while one long, and a number of short essays, prepared for the